2017 Toyota Corolla vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes fresh off the line with some mid-cycle changes that alter both the look and the packaging options of the popular compact commuter. Looking at how these changes stack up against the competition, we pitted the redesigned Corolla up against another popular vehicle in the segment: the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

Brunswick, Freehold and Lawrence drivers interested in how these two impressive vehicles stack up can read on for our comparison, and then they can come to Dayton Toyota for a test drive to see why the Corolla wins hands-down.


Toyota resculpted much of the Corolla's exterior for its 2017 model year. Most noticeably, the front end has a sporty, youthful front fascia that resembles track-influenced front spoiler kits seen on customized rides. The rest of the vehicle looks hewn from liquid metal, with a smooth but sculpted appearance that speaks to an exciting, quality vehicle.

Hyundai's Elantra, on the other hand, looks less sharply defined. An aggressive front fascia and angled headlights become tempered by a more subdued, rounded canopy and accent lines that do not add any distinctive, recognizable traits to the side and rear of the vehicle.

Overall, the 2017 Corolla has the more clearly defined design of the two, whereas the Elantra largely splits the difference between common designs seen currently and in economy cars of the past.


The Elantra's powertrain provides relatively quick acceleration when equipped with the optional 201 hp turbo four-cylinder engine, but its base powertrain often revs high without producing the desired passing power at highway driving speeds. It also lacks the precision steering many have come to expect in modern sedans. Steering feedback is less responsive than the Corolla's, and the suspension often sends bumps to the driver compared to other vehicles in the class.

The Corolla, while no racer, produces noticeably more power in its mid range rpms along with precise, confident steering that never feels hyperactive. Another win for the Corolla comes from the fact that its "Eco" model is actually more powerful than the base, whereas the Elantra Eco trades off driving pleasure and capability for efficiency.

Also of note: the Corolla now comes standard with active safety features like lane keeping assist, blind spot warning and emergency forward braking, something few other vehicles offer even in upmarket segments.


The Elantra's interior has made great strides since previous models, but still employs atypical dash shapes and lower-quality shiny trim plastics. These minuses come with the pluses of better-bolstered seats in both front and rear as well as the addition of many soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin. Problems that remain include an unorthodox driving position and tighter-than-normal front row seating layout, making the Elantra feels less comfortable compared to the Corolla on the whole.

Inside the Corolla, value never threatens comfort. A simple dash shape and logical instrument interface make it feel more upmarket than the Elantra. Seats are also comfortable, both front and back, thanks in part to the Corolla's larger passenger volume of 97.5 cubic feet compared to the Elantra's 95.8 cubic feet. 


The Hyundai Elantra's value-oriented positioning comes with some great aspects, such as its comfortable seats and quick low-end acceleration, but in the end it provides less overall appeal than the Corolla as a singular package.

Comparatively, the Corolla offers value through higher build quality and standard features owners would otherwise find sorely missing. South Brunswick, Freehold and Lawrence drivers can find this value at a visit to Dayton Toyota. Search our inventory and then book a test drive for the updated 2017 Toyota Corolla today!


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